BORTNER LAB
Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory
Photo by T. Weiseman
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Cellulose Nanocrystals
Extrusion Based Additive Manufacturing
Carbon Fiber Composites
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Nanomaterial Reinforced Composites


Nanomaterial Reinforced Composites
  • Thermosetting Polymer Nanocomposite Interphase Characterization

  • Nanomaterial reinforcements for ultra high temperature ceramics


Extrusion Based Additive Manufacturing
  • Modeling of Feedstock Failure Modes

  • Modeling of Road Deposition/Polymer Self-Diffusion

  • New Materials Development

    • Conductive Filaments

    • "Smart" Multifunctional Materials

  • Process Instrumentation and QC


Carbon Fiber Composites
  • Nanoparticle Thermoplastic Matrices for Aerospace Applications

  • Out-of-Autoclave Composite Repair


Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Flow Reactor Modeling and Optimization

  • On-demand Personalized Pharmaceuticals


Cellulose Nanocrystals
  • Acid Hydrolysis Processing Parameter Interaction

  • Morphological/Surface Characterization and Analysis 

  • Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites

    • Mechanically Adaptive Materials

    • CNC Templates for Conductive Nanoparticles

    • Ultrastiff Ultralight Composites
  • Modeling of CNC Based Transport Phenomena
Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory​
Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Phone: 540-231-4213
Fax: 540-231-5022
mbortner@vt.edu